Population Health Research Brief Series

Monnat featured on NPR about the strain COVID19 has on urban hospitals

Lerner Chair Shannon Monnat talks with NPR about the negative effects of COVID19 on urban hospitals. Rural areas don’t have the capacity to treat sick patients, so they are sent to urban hospitals for treatment. Cities now are struggling to keep up with the influx of coronavirus patients. Monnat says, “Rural areas have been grappling with health problems for a long time, but the coronavirus has been a sort of tipping point, and those rural health issues are now spilling over into cities.” Read the full article here.

Lerner Graduate Research Assistants Austin Brown and Mariah Brennan publish paper on self-esteem in 12-step recovery

Austin McNeill Brown and Mariah Brennan Nanni co-authored a paper titled Self-Esteem in 12-Step Recovery; Theoretical History, Evidence, and Implications for Future Research. Their findings further support that self-esteem and correlates of self-esteem should be considered essential components of recovery-related research, therapeutic technique, and treatment-outcome expectancies.

Monnat speaks about the negative effects of Coronavirus on rural areas

Shannon Monnat was interviewed for the KCUR 89.3 radio show in Kansas City, MO to talk about the rural health crisis in relation to Coronavirus. A majority of rural counties in Kansas and Missouri do not have the proper health care resources for critically ill patients, which forces patients to find care in larger cities. Monnat says, “It’s not just the rural health care infrastructure that becomes overwhelmed when there aren’t enough hospital beds, it’s also the surrounding neighborhoods, the suburbs, the urban hospital infrastructure starts to become overwhelmed as well.” Listen to the radio show and read the article: Coronavirus Patients From Rural Communities Without Mask Orders Are Crowding Kansas City Hospitals.

Faculty Affiliate Scott Landes Interviewed for NYT Article

Scott Landes was interviewed for this New York Times article: Developmental Disabilities Raise Risk of Covid Death. The article cites a new study that finds those with intellectual and developmental disabilities are three times more likely to die of COVID19. Landes addresses these findings: “Historically, it’s been a challenge for this population to receive good medical care. Because of their disabilities, they may have difficulty wearing a mask or maintaining social distance, or even understanding why the precautions are needed.”

Monnat quoted in Vox about COVID19 and the economy

Lerner Chair Shannon Monnat is quoted in this Vox article titled, Exit polls suggest significant polarization about the pandemic and its economic fallout. Monnat says, “If we want people to feel comfortable enough to go back out to bars and restaurants, to travel, and to send their kids to school, we need to see a decline in cases, and people need to feel confident that their peers will behave responsibly for the greater good.”

Monnat speaks to Buzzfeed about declining Trump support in wake of new COVID-19 deaths

Lerner Chair Shannon Monnat is quoted in this Buzzfeed News article: Trump May Lose Votes In Places Hit Hard By COVID-19. A new study has found that voter support for Trump and Republican senators has dropped in states with rising COVID-19 deaths. Monnat says, “As we have started to see outbreaks in many parts of rural America, people are finally coming to see that rural areas are not immune, and they have even less capacity to cope with it.”